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Approval for Sita's Birmingham recovery centre

A Sita resource recovery centre in Birmingham that will divert 170,000 tonnes of mainly C&I waste from landfill every year has been given planning permission.

Birmingham City Council’s development control committee voted in favour of the plans for the Landor Street, Nechells, facility which will have a MRF capable of processing up to 50,000 tonnes of recyclables every year.

A further 120,000 tonnes of waste will be processed at the site to produce refuse derived fuel (RDF). This will be used to generate energy by cement kilns and combined heat and power facilities.

Around 30,000 tonnes of waste of remaining residual waste will be bulked and go to landfill. Initially, the centre will create 80 jobs with the potential to create 75 more once it is established.

The new facility will improve existing Sita facilities at the site and replace activities at Sita’s nearby Montague Street site.

Sita UK strategic development manager Tim Hughes said: “We are delighted to have received unanimous approval for our plans, which will bring much-needed jobs back to this site and significantly improve recycling capacity in Birmingham.”

Hughes added: “We are already looking forward to getting started on this site that will help us to divert much more waste away from landfill and put it to good use.”

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